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The field L complex is thought to be the highest auditory centre and the input in the song vocal nuclei. Different anatomical and functional subdivisions have been described in field L. Auditory neurons of field L are well activated by natural sounds and especially by species-specific sounds. A complex sound coding appears to exist in field L. However,(More)
Previous studies on starling song had shown that different categories of songs are produced and discriminated. In the present study, both playback experiments in the field and electrophysiological recordings of single cells in field L (main central auditory area) were used in order to understand the perceptual bases of category recognition. In both cases,(More)
The evaluation of spectro-temporal receptive fields in auditory neurons makes use of a correlation technique that needs a high amount of calculation time. We present a method in which 2-ms time bins of post-stimulus time histograms, rather than every action potential, are the basis for correlation with the acoustic spectrum of the stimulus. In a t test the(More)
In the present study, using a systematic recording method and a variety of stimuli, we determined the proportion of responsive sites and their response features in the vocal control nucleus HVC of awake-restrained starlings, a species with multiple song types. Responsive sites were classified into three groups, according to the number of stimuli to which(More)
Recent literature on the Field L of songbirds, showing that some neurons present a clear selectivity towards complex sounds, especially conspecific songs, is reviewed. Furthermore, studies on European starlings have revealed a complex functional organization in this central auditory area, with subareas exhibiting different response features. Interestingly,(More)
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